Friday, March 21, 2008

Joseph's Coat Climbing Rose

Back in 2006 when we first planted the Knockout roses, we also planted three climbing roses behind each Graham Blandy to add a little more color to the right front bed. You can't really see them in this photo, but I swear they are there.

knock out roses august 2007

We purchased the plants from Home Depot (of all places). They were pretty crappy roses and cost like $2.50 each because it was the end of the planting season for roses and they were on sale. Big spender! Yes, I was naive back in those days and didn't know Home Depot sold crappy plants. FYI - In my new found wisdom, I do not advocate the purchase of roses from Home Depot. All that aside, we bought two yellow Casino Climbers and one White Dawn climber. I thought yellow and white would help add a little more contrast to the green and red motif we currently had going on.

The yellow Casino Climbers have performed beautifully, faithfully producing huge blooms of a fragrant butter color all season long. They have branched out wonderfully and I expect some gorgeous blooms from them again this year.

The White Dawn climber has not performed so well. I think it is more suited as a rambling rose, to be positioned on a fence or possibly allowed to grow along the ground, because its canes are very flimsy, and it has not appreciated my attempts to make it grow upright.

I regretted buying these roses the first time I saw a Joseph's Coat climbing rose in a rose catalogue. I often have "buyer's regret" when I see something better, but this time it was almost uncontrollable, and I felt like a dork for buying roses from Home Depot. LOL. I am becoming a plant snob.



When I read how the Joseph's Coat transitioned from red to gold to yellow, and I imagined how lovely they would look against the deep red brick of the house intermingled with the cherry red Knockout roses, I just knew I had to have at least one! I resisted the urge to buy them though, because I can be a bit of a hasty spender. I was very proud of myself. However, now that I have given the White Dawn climber a reasonable amount of time to prove itself, and it has pretty much spit in my face, I gave myself permission to get the rose I really want! Woo-hoo!

I remember from a seminar I attended at the North Carolina Arboretum that one of the speakers liked the website heirloomroses.com, so I surfed on over to that site to see if they carried the rose I wanted, and in fact, they did. I ordered one, and it arrived last week. This company sells only "own-root" roses, which means they are not grafted onto a hardier variety of rose, but growing from their own roots. They claim there are numerous benefits for growing "own-root" roses over grafted plants, but I have little experience with grafted roses, so I cannot really comment. My Knockout roses are own-root and have performed awesomely, and my currently climbers are grafted, and 2/3 have performed well. So, I really cannot give an educated opinion on the matter at this point.

I was prepared for a small plant, so I wasn't disappointed when it arrived. They sent it at the perfect planting time, and I put it in the ground the same day it came.

joseph's coat climbing rose

I added a good bit of manure to the soil to jump start its growth and watered it in very generously. I think it will do well. The plant is healthy and the site is perfect.

I did have a bit of a challenge planting it, because I needed to work between a Graham Blandy and a Knockout rose. Roses have thorns - painful thorns that can penetrate jeans and thick shirts! As you can see from this picture, there was no avoiding the prickles while working in this area.

roses and graham blandy

So I got the bright idea to cover the Knockout rose instead of trying to layer myself with enough clothes to deter the thorns. I doubled up an old sheet, draped it over the bush, and all was well. I didn't get stabbed once. So, there's a little tip for you when working in a rose bed - just cover the roses up with an old sheet, and it'll keep the thorns out of your rear-end! LOL!

We have just one more month of planting time for roses, so if you're thinking of adding a new rose to your garden, you better get in gear, and fast!

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2 Comments:

At 11:06 AM , Blogger Mary said...

Joseph's Coat rose does not do well in humid conditions which would include much of the east coast and southeast. They do much better in the west (my area) as we are dry. Also I notice from your photos that the roses are planted alongside your house under eaves which may prevent them from getting the sun theyned. Roses need a lot of sun and usually do not do well in partial shade areas.

To you people who are looking at buying flowering plants, research their care on the internet first or plants will indeed disappoint you. If you plant them in conditions they do not like, I don't care of get them at Home Depot or the best nursery - - you are not going to have good luck.

It is true that nurseries generally have stronger plant stock, but my California sister bought a Joseph's Coat (and several other roses) at Home Depot and they have all done really well but those specific roses like dry, very sunny conditions.

 
At 8:52 PM , Blogger J S Rowe said...

I live in Charlotte and I planted two Joseph's Coat roses along a fence. They always bloom beautifully at the beginning of spring but their leaves are susceptible to spotting and dropping off which is what they are doing again this year. They came back beautifully last year and I concur with your comment that they do not do well in humid conditions. It's either all (they are gorgeous and plentiful when they bloom) or nothing (bare canes). I haven't tried treating them because I have a dog who is extremely sensitive. I purchased mine at a nursery but they had just come out and I don't think that they were aware of the problems.

 

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